LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro’s Department of Codes and Regulations today issued an updated order waiving 100 percent of the annual Alcohol and Beverage Control licenses (ABC) license renewal fees for restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses with on-site, by-the-drink consumption. The order will not apply to packaged alcohol licenses.
“Fully waiving the renewal fees will bring us in line with recent state ABC action, while providing added relief for restaurants and bars, which are currently closed to indoor dining as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Chief of Louisville Forward.
Licensees who have not paid renewal fees for 2020 will not be required to pay renewal fees until 2021. Businesses that have already renewed their annual license will not have to pay renewal fees in 2021, and those that paid the 25 percent reduced renewal fee in October or November following the initial order will receive a 75 percent reduction on their renewal fee in 2021. No refunds will be issued.
The Department of Public Works also temporarily suspended application fees for restaurants seeking an encroachment permit to add or expand their outdoor seating on public property, including sidewalks, and the city waived Tent Permit fees.